Confusion surrounds Windows 11's minimum hardware requirements as Microsoft pushes the OS to unsupported PCs
Microsoft has accidentally offered many Windows 10 Release Preview testers the Windows 11 22H2 update even if their computers didn't meet the minimum hardware requirements for Windows 11. Normally, Windows 10 users with unsupported hardware enrolled in the Windows 10 Release Preview channel are not offered Windows 11 updates.
First noted by Neowin, users who got the notification and upgraded their computers took to Reddit to showcase the update. A Reddit user AceRimmer412 posted screenshots of their Intel Core i5-7200U-based Windows 10 machine getting the Windows 11 22H2 update. Not only this, users with even older hardware, such as an Intel Core i7-6700, also found their PCs suddenly become eligible for the upgrade.
Microsoft later explained that the unintentional update was, “a bug and the right team is investigating it.” In a follow-up tweet, the company also shot down the possibility that Windows 11’s requirements might have changed.
Microsoft has received a lot of criticism for its controversial hardware requirements for Windows 11. While the company insists that the minimum supported specifications are for ensuring security, reliability, and compatibility for PCs, the ability of fairly old computers to install and run Windows 11 effectively does raise some eyebrows.